Tuesday, June 10, 2008

SOS

Hlp!...--…Madrid surrounded by striking lrry drivers..---..city completely cut off..--..no food, no ptrol--…-dnt know how long we can survive like this..-..---.pnic in the supermarkets..---..need help--…-please send food---..—and beer, Eurpean Championship ;) ---….---mbe airport still open….------is there anyone there?---…--don’t leave us to die…--…getting weaker…pls hlp sombdy..---…..can’t writ any mo…………………………………........................................


15 comments:

David said...

SOS... to the moon

"I hope that Zapatero gets my message in the bottle"

Is anybody listening at all? I have the impression that the Spanish govt. is letting these folks get away with everything.

Graeme said...

Not sure what you expect them to be doing David. Negotiations are taking place but the main problem is that it's not really the government that has control over what these guys get paid.

David said...

Nah, I know it's the hedge funds speculating on oil and fuel futures. Of course, the govt. of a second-rate country like Spain is practically powerless when faced with the forces driving an increasingly "deregulated" world market.

But still, it's taken the Catalan govt. an inordinate length of time to disband the roadblock at the main border crossing of La Jonquera, where the pickets weren't letting anybody through.

Hey, for all I know there are ambulances driving along that route on a daily basis. But these people take no prisoners, apparently.

Setting fire to the vehicles of truckers who haven't joined the stoppage -I refuse to call this a workers' strike, since it's been called by the employers union- and jeopardising life and limb is something you'd expect these guys would get busted for. Or breaking into the back of the lorry and dumping an entire cargo of washing machines down the side slope.

And yet inaction seems to be the order of the day.

Graeme said...

Well the only governments that probably aren't powerless with regard to oil prices must be Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Iran and Kuwait. After all, the recent request to the Saudi's to bring the price down by the head of a supposedly more powerful country didn't have much effect. Anyway, the Spanish authorities seem to have heard what you said.

Keefieboy said...

I was just in my local Dia: hardly any fruit and veg, not much beer (oh no!), no meat, a bit of cheese and not a single egg. Lots of empty shelves. Looked like a Soviet-era supermarket. But at least there was no queue at the checkout!

Graeme said...

My local Chinese fruit and veg shop seems quite well stocked, maybe they have their own distribution network - the bit about the beer sounds worrying, don't these people understand there's a Eurocopa happening?

Notes from Spain said...

You're not having any of my lentils ;)

Graeme said...

Where's the solidarity? I'll swap you a kilo of tomatoes for that tin of fabada.

Notes from Spain said...

Throw in a can of Mahou and you've got a deal :)

Graeme said...

You drive a hard bargain. Throw in a few chickpeas too and maybe we can reach an agreement.

Midnight Golfer said...

Monsters.
The actions of violence that so quickly surround any sort of action like this makes me think that maybe we're not even human, after all, but simply monsters. Anyone who would burn someone alive inside their truck certainly is, but so is anyone who who burn the truck at all, or keep pharamcies from getting their prescriptions filled, etc. etc. - the government is also monstrous as its police allow this to continue, BUT MOST OF ALL - the real monster is the notion that truckers (or any job / person) is ENTITLED to have the government solve their problems for them, Why does the government even have anything to do with it? Governments, (all with Unions, Mafias, Cartels...) it seems that all they do is make things worse

Colin said...

I wish to complain about this blog. it's getting too funny.

Graeme said...

Colin, I was going to take your complaint absolutely seriously, but then I felt hungry so I printed it out and ate it. We can't afford to be too fussy about what we eat these days in Madrid.

Colin said...

And I was going to visit Madrid this weekend . . . must go. Too weak to wri

Graeme said...

Great, if we take someone from Galicia hostage then maybe we can force the Galicians to send us their fish!